Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline during the pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Cut Six, Place Two On IR To Get Roster Down To 75 Players

The deadline to get the roster down to 75 players was yesterday at 4 p.m. (eastern time), which of course the New England Patriots made. The team had to cut six players, and place two more on IR to get down to 75, and on a day where the Logan Mankins trade ruled over everything, a few of these moves flew under the radar.

Defensive lineman Ben Bass was one of the players that was released, only two weeks after the Pats traded for him. This isn’t necessarily surprising, just something to note. I doubt Bill Belichick and company expected Bass to make an impact on the team, but this will go down as a pretty worthless trade.

Rookie Jemea Thomas was also cut, and as Mike Reiss points out, this was a surprising move. I was excited about the Thomas pick, maybe not for the present, but possibly for the future. He is a versatile defensive back, and with the proper development, he could potentially turn into a very good player in this league. But the Patriots must feel comfortable with the depth they currently have, which means Patrick Chung, and Tavon Wilson might end up making the final roster.

August 30th is the final cut-down date, as the Pats must get their roster down to 53 players.

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